By: Larry SitzKedron Church of Christ
October 24, 2012
The word of God warns us often of falling or drifting away from the truth (I Tim. 4:1). The great apostle Paul compares living a Christian life to running a race (I Cor. 9:24). Since I don’t know much about racing or sports of any kind for that matter, I will make an analogy of the journey of a Christian through this life with a thing I do know about. I have quite a bit of experience with canoeing and have come to the conclusion that living the Christian life is a bit like paddling up a fairly fast flowing river. Once you embark on this river trip for Christ, you can never stop paddling if you ever hope to reach your destination. If you stop your effort and simply do nothing, which is much easier, one of two things will happen. You will either veer to the left or the right, but eventually you will drift back downstream. Faithfulness to the Lord is like the work of paddling upstream and there is no such thing as drifting upstream. You are either faithful and working for the Lord, or you are drifting away. With each stroke of the paddle we must be adding to our faith (II Pet. 1:6,7). We must also grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ with each passing mile (II Pet. 3:18). Each of us know someone who have drifted away from the Lord, or maybe even whole congregations who have slowly drifted away into error. One can drift away without feeling a thing and not even knowing what condition we are in. Lay down in a canoe and close your eyes, everything seems peaceful and serene, and you have no sense that your drift is getting faster and faster. If you drift far enough and fast enough, disaster will be the end result.
Some signs that we may be drifting are that we stop or only sporadically study God’s word. We may begin to miss the assembly of God’s children, only occasionally at first, but as the drift speeds up, more and more often. Then we may stop altogether as our drift reaches the disaster stage. When Christians become entangled with worldly people and the cares of this world, only a downfall can result. The apostle John warns us of the love of the world and the things that are in the world (I John 2:14,15). We see a lot more of this in the church today than ever before. There is simply no place for a leisurely sojourn into the world, while putting on hold being a Christian. A Christian can never retire from this trip until our life here is over and we reach that final shore. With each dip of the paddle we must keep our minds anchored in the truth (Eph. 4:14,15). Having an unshakable trust and hope in the things that God, who cannot lie, has promised to those who love and keep his commandments (Heb. 6:18,19).
Although most of the world drifts gleefully on, seemingly unaware of the fate that awaits them, the salvation of our eternal soul is too great a gift for us to idly drift away from. Brothers and Sisters, the danger is real, and when we hear the roar of destruction, it will be too late.
“Therefor we must give the earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest at any time we should drift away from them” (Heb. 2:1).
We invite all who would to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Ky. to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00.